Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Employment Announcement
Title: LTE – WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST-SENIOR
Contact: Matthew J. Zine
Location: Kettle Moraine Southern Unit State Forest, S91 W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, WI 53119
Telephone Number: (608) 275-3326
Hourly Rate: Between $19.00 – $22.00 per hour depending on experience and training.
Duration: Job starts approximately January 8, 2018
Job Description: Wildlife Biologist Senior – LTE
State Natural Areas Habitat Management Crew Leader: lead the day-to-day operations of field crews carrying out field and administrative activities as assigned, and assist District Ecologist on all aspects of on-going field projects related to habitat and property management on State Natural Areas throughout the work area. These projects include, but are not limited to invasive species monitoring, habitat analysis and management, trails and infrastructure inventories, plant and animal inventories, budget management, and public outreach.
40% Plan and direct daily operations for habitat and property management conducted by State Natural Areas field crew
20% Develop prescribed burn units, plans and evaluations; perform SNA site inspections, track and evaluate ongoing management
20% Grant applications, management and reports; develop management work plans
10% Assist with other Natural Heritage Conservation field project duties as assigned
5% Conduct Natural Heritage Inventory (NHI) reviews, submit NHI Element Occurrence reports, assist with plant and animal inventories on State Natural Areas
5% Lead field trips and provide presentations
Knowledge Required: Applicants should understand the principles of restoration ecology & management techniques (including college level training), field project oversight, administration, and quality control, and experience or the ability to direct a field operations crew with minimal supervision. Practical skill/certification requirements include: 1) an ability to read and orient by map, compass, and GPS, 2) knowledge of Wisconsin’s remnant plant communities, 3) invasive species identification and control techniques, 4) experienced in all aspects of prescribed burning, and 5) excellent written and verbal communication skills. The ability to communicate effectively with project supervisors, co-workers, contractors, internal and external partners, and the public is important.
Additionally, a well-qualified applicant will have: 1) a bachelor’s degree in botany, wildlife ecology, biology, or related natural resources field, 2) the following certifications: Pesticide Applicators License (Aquatic, ROW/Natural Areas), chainsaw, ATV/UTV, tractor, and prescribed burning (DNR Burn Boss level – RXB3 preferred), and 3) experience with MS office and ARC/GIS.
***NOTE*** This position is for 20 hours/week. We plan to hire one person to fill both this position and the Conservation Biologist Senior position (Job ID 11639) to work a total of 40 hours/week. If interested, please apply for both positions.
Application Deadline: December 6, 2017
To Apply: Submit Form 9100-162 LTE Application (hard copy also available at most DNR offices) , resume, cover letter and references to:
Matthew J. Zine
3911 Fish Hatchery Road
Fitchburg, WI 53711
RE: Job Code 11640
Application materials will be reviewed and the most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview.
**** Due to the nature of this position the Department of Natural Resources will conduct a comprehensive criminal background check on applicants prior to selection. Pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the DNR does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.
Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire.